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DCTA launching 'Where's My Ride' tracking tool

Rail| January 14, 2015

Unlike a mobile application, Where’s My Ride is an integrated Intelligent Transportation System, developed by Strategic Mapping, that uses accurate location data provided by a GPS device that is mounted inside each DCTA Connect bus and A-train railcar.

San Francisco purchasing an additional 40 Siemens railcars

Rail| January 14, 2015

In addition to the 175 Muni next generation of light rail vehicles approved last year, this purchase will allow Muni to address capacity needs as San Francisco’s population and Muni ridership continue to grow, further improve transit reliability and bolster the economy since Siemens will manufacture the vehicles in their Sacramento facility.

Rail| January 14, 2015

Caltrain to refurbish new railcars for additional bicyclists

While ridership across the board has increased with an estimated 60,000 daily commuters opting for the regional rail service, bicyclists, who report being left at the platform after getting bumped from their scheduled trains due to overcrowding during peak hours, have advocated for being given more consideration in system improvements.

Government Issues| January 14, 2015

Foxx names acting FRA administrator

Since 2013 Sarah Feinberg has served as the chief of staff for the U.S. DOT, managing the agency’s 10 modal departments and spearheading the agency’s legislative, policy and communications efforts.

Management & Operations| January 13, 2015

24-hour strike cripples London bus service

Some 27,000 workers in the Unite trade union from 18 different bus companies are involved in the strike in which workers are seeking a single agreement covering pay and conditions. There were a limited number of buses still operating, according to the report.

Security and Safety | January 13, 2015

Utah lawmaker wants guns on public transit

Under Utah law, if someone is carrying a gun or another weapon illegally on public streets, it's a misdemeanor in most cases. But on a bus or train, it's a felony. The lawmaker is considering expanding the right to carry a weapon on a bus or train without permission, saying it should be no different than carrying a gun or knife on the street

Rail| January 13, 2015

NJ TRANSIT to begin $55M station redesign

The design of the station includes a two-story station building with a street-level ticket office, waiting room and vendor space.

Management & Operations| January 13, 2015

New app provides trip info for 11 Seattle agencies

Puget Sound Trip Planner app—available for Apple and Android mobile devices—allows riders to plan a trip that covers many transportation choices, including buses, rail, ferries, streetcars and water taxis

Accessibility| January 12, 2015

Calgary Transit now 100% accessible

The fully accessible fleet means not only passengers in wheelchairs, but elderly transit riders, injured men and women on crutches, and people pushing strollers will easily be able to board a bus without relying on assistance from the driver or struggling up stairs.

Accessibility| January 12, 2015

New app will help blind navigate MBTA rail system

The agency has helped fund the creation of PERCEPT — an indoor navigation system that one day will allow users to make their way through a rail station by listening to step-by-step directions on their smartphones, which lead them to electronic sensors or “tags” throughout the building.

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